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EPIC RIFFS | World's Most Iconic Riff - (I played it wrong)

  • Published on Sep 9, 2021 veröffentlicht
  • Epic Riff time! The man who invented the Genre Surf Rock: Dick Dale. We analyse one of his most iconic riffs and learn why it's so hard to get it down correctly!
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  • Brian Wilson
    Brian Wilson Year ago +1545

    Dick Dale was a amazing man, a good guitarist, pilot, artist, studied martial arts and was a adventurer. People might not know but Dick played a lot of instruments besides guitar. Dick also helped Leo Fender in developing the guitar amplifier which we use today, in other words, Leo used Dick to experiment with his amplifiers.
    Remember it was Leo Fender who developed the crossover.
    I had a opportunity a few years ago to interview Dick Dale on my radio show. It was a amazing interview, it lasted about two hours. I learned a lot about him in that interview, he did more than just play guitar.
    Rest in peace Dick Dale

    • Ludovic Cardoso
      Ludovic Cardoso 8 days ago

      Like a real Buckaroo Banzaï ?

    • Chris Osorio
      Chris Osorio 4 months ago

      Got to meet him and his son at the NAMM show many years ago and it was honestly a sight to see them playing together. I had a short chance to speak with him, but it always stuck with me. Told me if you have good amp and good guitar, you have no need for pedals.

    • je2023
      je2023 Year ago

      And what a link to the interview come on man with the teaser

    • MGA
      MGA Year ago

      @L M 😳🤣🤣🤣🤣

    • William Bonner
      William Bonner Year ago

      @Brian Wilson if you _did_ it would've been hilarious. Spinal Tappy. Did Leo's amps go to 12? 🤡

  • Sukacita Yeremia
    Sukacita Yeremia Year ago +377

    Paul: Maybe you can do the claps for me?
    Me: Don't tempt me I'm trying to learn!!
    Paul: * slides*
    Me: * claps like a cavemen*

    • Lucien Twyman
      Lucien Twyman Month ago


    • Tracy Trawick
      Tracy Trawick 5 months ago +2

      🤣 - 🤣 - 🤣 - 🤣
      I'm utterly useless, score negative on a 1-10 skill ranking. Didn't even sit my beer down, but that I could do.
      But damn he's fun to follow, passion & talent seem to have collided with great results.

    • tehfiredog
      tehfiredog 5 months ago +1

      I snorted and said nah, busy typing something as I watch this... and then proceeded to do so anyways cuz it just needed to be done =)

    • mrkrag
      mrkrag 5 months ago +1

      Clapping like Herman Munster over here!!

    • Robert Steinberger
      Robert Steinberger 10 months ago +3

      We all did.

  • Enjoy with Priyanshu
    Enjoy with Priyanshu 10 months ago +28

    The Double Harmonic Major Scale which is the base of this iconic riff is quite prevalent in Indian Classical Music where it is known as the "Bhairavi Raag." It is one such scale which forms the basis of so many iconic Indian songs.
    These amazing contributions to the entirety of music from different culture really shows and enriches the musical experience for the entire population of the world.

    • Sunil Mukhi
      Sunil Mukhi 9 months ago +4

      It is not Bhairavi but Bhairav, a completely different raga. The scale of Bhairavi has a flat 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th while the scale of Bhairav only has a flattened 2nd and 6th, namely double harmonic.

  • Kamikaze
    Kamikaze Year ago +135

    I remember seeing a comment saying "it's a cover of a cover of a cover", and I ended up looking into it to find the original song. It's a song with more history behind it than the listener would expect, and be unaware of otherwise. Though I don't play, this is an incredible lesson all on its own. Thank you

    • yessir!
      yessir! 2 months ago

      @Kamikaze seeing it was written by a Greek from a city that was multicultural(Greek-Turkish) back in the day, the lyrics being about a Christian mans love for a Muslim girl, the name of the song meaning "Egyptian" in Turkish, then adopted to Western Music and becoming the most iconic riff ever, i love the trivia behind the song.

    • coop island
      coop island 5 months ago +2

      @Kamikaze Mısırlou means "Egyptian, from Egypt" in Turkish. It's very hard to tell which one is the original about these songs because, through the Ottoman Empire era, a lot of traditional Turkish/Greek songs appeared in different regions at the same time with slightly different variations. Thessaloniki, Aleppo, Constantinople, and Egypt versions for example. Perhaps it traveled via traders. Check out this one if you're into digging

    • Kamikaze
      Kamikaze 7 months ago

      @Vova Z clip-share.net/video/LW6qGy3RtwY/video.html I don't know how reliable the source of this is or if it's even the original song, but it's a start

    • Vova Z
      Vova Z 7 months ago


    • Soldano999
      Soldano999 8 months ago +3

      It's actually a cover of a cover of a cover.

  • pantognost
    pantognost Year ago +113

    Man, your positivity is great! Love how you break down a really mean oriental riff.
    The original Greek song (it was composed in then1920s n Athens and then covered in the 30s by many Greek bouzouki players in New York) is actually in some mean folk Greek (Lebanese or other middle eastern tbh) scales which are sometimes played on fretless instruments with flourishes outside the common scale spacings!
    In any case your break down of this classic made me move the packed up guitar down from the closet’s top!
    For that I thank you!

    • Stathis s.
      Stathis s. 9 months ago +4

      @Gear Watcher So Wikipedia is your source of reference? A very "serious" source.. then If that is the case why dont you consult the Greek version of wikipedia that the information is TOTALLY different? You see, wikipedia is not a serious source and the fact that two pages for the SAME thing has different information, proves it. What about if a middle eastern guy goes and edit the page and write "The song has origins in XXX country", will that make it a fact?. Funny thing is that as a Greek, I never said that the song wasnt influenced from other songs but it was Egyptian songs not middle eastern. Its not a contest, after all the info that you propose is correct, says about Greek composers, so If my problem was proving that Greeks wrote the song I wouldnt mind if they where Greeks in Turkey (like my Grandfather was) or in any other country, but I am saying the opposite thing, that the song was most probably was influenced (not written, influenced) byt EGYPTIAN artists, not Greeks. Finally, Let me know as a Greek a little more about Greek songs than a foreign guy in wikipedia.

    • Gear Watcher
      Gear Watcher 9 months ago +2

      @Stathis s. You weave a nice narrative but provide very little to substantiate it. Wikipedia says this: "The folk song has origins in the Eastern Mediterranean region of the Ottoman Empire, but the original author of the song is not known. There is evidence that the folk song was known to Arabic musicians, Greek rebetiko musicians and Jewish klezmer musicians by the 1920s."
      Given how much shit stir any touchy-feely Ottoman zone nationalism subject usually causes, if there was any compelling evidence for your argument it would be cemented there. Apparently the best they could settle on is "author unknown, song known to various Ottoman musicians before the 20s". You can also look at the Wiki talk page and sources to see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
      Lyrics schmirics, the ONLY important aspect of this song is melody. Or better put, lack of it. It's a simple up/down a VERY POPULAR SCALE. To suggest that this simple up/down of a makam, in the tradition where students learn scales by doing EXACTLY THAT is somehow authored in 1920s is ludicrous.

    • Stathis s.
      Stathis s. 9 months ago +9

      @Gear Watcher Recording songs wasnt a thing that people cared about in Greece in the early 1900's until the late 20's - early 30's,simply because music like this was played in places with "bad" reputation and people playing this kind of music (together with rembetika, zeimbekika etc) were acting almost like gangsta rappers in the early 1990s performing mostly in close groups with no easy access to outsider.
      The confusion that people have is between "Tetos Dimetriadis" a Greek from Instanbul that was an immigrant to the USA and "Patrinos" a Greek from Smyrna that after the disaster of Smyrna and the massacre of Greek civilians by the Turks back in 1922, was relocated to Athens (like most Greeks in Smyrna that survived from the massacre, like my own grandfather).
      Some people think that since Dimetriadis recorded it in the USA, he is the one that composed it. Thats not the case. Patrinos, performed it in 1927 a few years before Dimetriadis recorded it and it is thought that he wrote the lyrics, but even he is not considered the composer by most although he has the credits!
      Usually the composer to songs like this before 1930, was unknown, mostly because the composition was done from all the members of a band and the leader was taking the credits (just like Patrinos did back then).
      There is a rumor that they could be influenced up to a point by an older Egyptian instrumental from the early 1900's
      but cant be confirmed
      So this song, as we know it, was composed in Athens Greece and was called "Misirlou". It was about a forbidden love with an Egyptian girl.
      Word Misirlou comes from the Turkish word Mısırlı meaning "Egyptian" that is actually an arabic word (Misir) and that is why the song has a few other arabic words in the lyrics. It was a slow song and on the first version it is said that because Patrinos had a heavy accent, he was singing "Mousourlou".
      It is also said that Patrinos recorded it in Athens a year before the song was recorded in the USA but cant be confirmed.
      In 1941 another Greek immigrant in the USA (Nick Roumbanis) recorded an oriental version without lyrics
      (faster with a fusion of oriental and some Jazzy elements). That version is the one that became popular in the middle east, is the version that actually influenced Dick Dale and is the version that confused people thinking that its probably a traditional middle eastern song.
      Many versions were recorded after that (mostly by Greek artists and some Arab artists) until Dick Dale recorded the instrumental version
      we all know today. I think in Greece, the most popular version back then (again a slow version similar to the 1927 version) was the one from Sofia Vembo in 1947 (a very famous female singer).
      History was way to complicated back then all over Europe and the middle East so it is difficult to trace it properly..
      Lyrics by Patrinos (most probably) roughly translated by me (with the same strange syntax that the Greek lyrics have):
      My Misirlou, your sweet look
      Α flame has ignited in my heart.
      Ah, ya habibi, ah, ya leleli, ah,
      Your two lips are dripping honey, ah.
      Ah, Misirlou, magical, elven beauty.
      I will go crazy, I do not suffer anymore.
      Ah, I will steal you from Arabia.
      My crazy black-eyed Misirlou,
      My life changes with a kiss.
      Ah, ya habibi, one little kiss, ah
      From your sweet little mouth, ah.

    • Gear Watcher
      Gear Watcher 10 months ago +5

      I highly doubt this version of the origin story.
      The song is known throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, and the only Greek community this song is seriously attributed to is the Greek community in Istanbul, not Athens. And it's Turkish Greek artists that made the first recording in the USA in 1920s.
      However, the simplicity of the melody - ie the fact that it's a simple up and down the Hicazkar scale, a very common makam throughout the middle East, and that every middle Eastern ex-Ottoman country claims it to be their own folk song (apart from oddly the Balkan ones, which also doesn't work too well towards the claim of Greece origin), both suggest it's probably an old folk standard from Ottoman times.

  • foljs
    foljs Year ago +337

    As someone from the eastern mediterrenean, every note in this mode (it is an eastern mode) comes as naturally and is as expected as I-IV-V chords come to a rocker...

    • Šámot Abihen
      Šámot Abihen 3 months ago +1

      @A C Phrygian dominant is very similar but little different, DHM has major 7th, whether Phrygian dominant has minor 7th.

    • Chris Osorio
      Chris Osorio 4 months ago +3

      Not many people knew that Dick Dale was of Lebanese descent. Last name was Mansour.

    • Frizzle Fry
      Frizzle Fry 4 months ago

      I'm not from the eastern Mediterranean but eastern mode has always sounded so awesome to me. I use eastern mode a lot

    • A C
      A C 5 months ago +10

      It's a very ordinary and common scale, Hijazkiar scale. It's one of the first you'll learn in Greece or the middle east. Also called Phrygian dominant in the ancient world.

    • Joey Stocato
      Joey Stocato 9 months ago +4


  • unck42
    unck42 Year ago +1176

    I was lucky enough to see Dick Dale live a few years ago before his passing. It was in a little bar in Salt Lake City called Liquid Joe’s, which has a surf tiki bar decor, and there were probably only fifty people there, and half of them just came for the bar, and not the show, but it was amazing, and being a guitar player, and loving Surf Rock, especially Miserlou, I was able to talk with Dick for about an hour, and he told me a lot of great stories, and where and when he learned to play the way he did. It was incredible. He is still the king of surf guitar. R.I.P. my friend!

    • Jerry Sears
      Jerry Sears 4 months ago

      @Jimmy1982*Playlists Born Richard Monsour. His most Middle Eastern sounding songs IMO are a version of Miserlou called Miserlou Twist, The Wedge, and, especially, The Victor. Complete with finger cymbals, even.

    • Oscar Stern
      Oscar Stern 4 months ago +1

      Pump It By The Black Eyed Peas also uses that Riff.

    • Jerry Sears
      Jerry Sears 4 months ago

      I also saw him about 2 years before his passing, I believe, in a nondescript bar in Columbus, Ohio. He still had his chops, and surprised me - a longtime fan - with a trumpet set complete with Louis Armstrong impersonation. Maximum cool factor for sure.

    • DandK Productions
      DandK Productions 6 months ago

      What an honor .. wow as the stars fade the talent matures an their music many times has even more depth an feel galore.

    • Aleksandar Potocnjak
      Aleksandar Potocnjak 8 months ago

      Every guitarist has something special in his playing. Sometimes it's bad, the cI have been playing for over 35 years. And only in the last three years have I realized that the guitar becomes a part of our body. With which we think when we play something that is very difficult to repeat.hord doesn't sound right. And sometimes we play something that we can never repeat.If someone else is playing in those moments, I'm not sure what happens to our fingers.Big greetings and may it be played more and more. And positive people like this show us still useful fore ns guitars on youtube clips.

  • RaDeum
    RaDeum Year ago +12

    A fabulous lesson for drummers too.
    To be able to appreciate the complex technical rhythmic and melodic elements of that riff.
    And what a groove it truly is.

  • Kobbetop
    Kobbetop Year ago +20

    Dick Dale is one of my all time favourites, listened his records hundreds of times. He had a true gift for guitar playing but he mastered other instruments too and was a riot on stage right through the end. What a legend.

  • Ben H
    Ben H Year ago +11

    I’m no guitarist, but it’s always a pleasure watching someone who is passionate about what they do. Great video.

  • diabeticmonkey
    diabeticmonkey 9 months ago +16

    It’s so cool how you can see his influence in metal. Dick Dale was an impressive guitarist

  • Greig Clement
    Greig Clement Year ago +43

    Its amazing how the musical influence of one culture affected the surf culture across the other side of the world just as the Fender strat was becoming influential in its own right. These collisions make music amazing !

    • empire
      empire 5 months ago +1

      Especially when the origin has absolutely nothing to do with surfing

    • damian blanez
      damian blanez 9 months ago +2

      Butterfly effect 😀

  • thisisfrankie
    thisisfrankie Year ago +2106

    This type of scales and hammer-on/pull-offs are very common in almost every Bouzouki player in Greece. But to hear it on a strat with the spring reverb cranked up to 11 and in the 50's? That's very unique if you ask me.

    • A C
      A C 5 months ago +2

      Yeah, it's a Hitzazkiar or Hijazkiar scale, which is one of the first scales you learn playing bouzouki. It's very ordinary, not terribly interesting, but still cool to see it in the popular culture. That's the middle-eastern name for it, but in ancient Greece they called it a Phrygian scale (dominant). Pythagoras wrote a lot on music theory, and I believe he used this term for it.

    • MPC HMR
      MPC HMR 6 months ago +1

      There is no such thing as very unique. It’s either unique or it isn’t.

    • Bullet Imperium
      Bullet Imperium 9 months ago +1

      Nobody asked though

    • ZMAN
      ZMAN 9 months ago

      Vewy intewesting

    • plantfeeder
      plantfeeder 9 months ago +1

      You can add Armenian music to that too.

  • arieltools
    arieltools 2 months ago +3

    This guy is amazing. His gentle tone is unrivaled among Creators. Love how musical you are even when moving through video sections. Delightful!

  • Let'sThinkAboutIT
    Let'sThinkAboutIT 6 months ago +5

    Paul is such a great and kind teacher. He creates these videos with such passion and I am always drawn to these videos. One of the best guitar channels ever. Thank you so much Paul for making these videos for us.

  • James McCormick
    James McCormick Year ago +16

    I used the Double Harmonic Minor scale frequently. I mix middle eastern music and instruments with hard rock and at times industrial music. Every guitarist needs to have this scale in their arsenal. It creates a wonderful dissonance waiting to be resolved. With the right beat and playing with in this scale can bring a very erotic sound that evokes an almost trance like state to the audience.

  • Russell Martin
    Russell Martin Year ago +5

    This is my absolute favorite guitar piece. I was born the same year that this piece was made popular around the world. Thank you for teaching the right way to play it. I figured this out years ago, trying to learn it. It opened up an entire world of music I never really knew about. Thank you.

  • Jason Forno
    Jason Forno Year ago +48

    How can anyone down vote this video… this guys skills are unparalleled… thank you for the detailed explanation, and I too played it incorrectly like many others on my 12 string Fender acoustic…

    • Jamie
      Jamie Year ago +9

      @Jason Forno lol, there's nothing more inevitable than every Clip-Share guitar video receiving comments from 'shredders' about how easy everything is to play. This video being a classic example full of "any thrash metal guitarist could play this at twice the speed" type comments.

    • Jason Forno
      Jason Forno Year ago +7

      @Daniel Sanchez tell me you drone on and on about Eddie Van Halen without droning on and on about Eddie Van Halen…

    • Daniel Sanchez
      Daniel Sanchez Year ago +2

      This guy is mediocre at best.

  • Nassos Conqueso
    Nassos Conqueso Year ago +136

    Great video Paul!
    The song was inspired by Middle Eastern melodies, however the known "original" version was recorded by Greek Rebetiko musicians.
    You may not recognise the Greek letters, but the version that you inserted between 2:07 and 2:14 was recorded by Tetos Dimitriadis.
    By the way, these musicians didn't think in scales, but in pentachords and tetrachords instead, which when combined constitute dromoi ("roads").
    As a result, this song is written in Hijazkar (or Hitzazkar) dromos, which is made by connecting two Hijaz (or Hitzaz) tetrachords.
    Interestingly, if you think that the Double Harmonic major is the Western equivalent of the Hijazkar dromos, then the Phrygian Dominant (or Phrygian Major) is the Western equivalent of the Hijaz dromos. The equivalencies of two unrelated Western scales/modes, belong in fact in the same family, which is even betrayed by their names (Hijazkar & Hijaz).

    • Random Stuff
      Random Stuff 9 months ago +3

      @Aviv Abecassis bruh. Of course its not the same today. Greek and Arab music evolved differently today for hundreds of years. It doesn't change the fact that the origins of modern Arab music is literally Greek, and that doesn't mean that it must be 100% the same as modern Greek Music. Like i said they evolved differently for hundreds of years.
      Without Greek Music you wouldn't have Arab music as you know it. It would sound completely different.
      Your logic is the same as "indo european languages are way too different and dont originate from the same source they just have some similarities"

    • Aviv Abecassis
      Aviv Abecassis 9 months ago +2

      @Random Stuff what are you talking about? They are so far from eachother that you just proved to me that discussion is for nothing.
      I hear this music all my life, play the guitar, bouzouki and the oud. There are a lot of similarities but to say Greece is the source? That's just showing you only read or heard pop culture and doesn't have a clue and real understanding of this matter. So again, familiarise yourself with the actual traditional and history and the sound of the music before you talk.
      Have a nice day

    • Random Stuff
      Random Stuff 9 months ago +4

      @Aviv Abecassis literally current Arab music is evolved from Greek music though. Obviously ancient Greek music was influenced by others, Mesopotamia, Iranians etc and vice versa.
      Arab music and even Islamic chanting is evolved from Greek Eastern Roman/Byzantine music and chants

    • Aviv Abecassis
      Aviv Abecassis 9 months ago +1

      @Random Stuff you are right technically. But couldn't be more wrong. You are talking about thousands of years of evolution and contacts and influences so naturally the music isn't the same but I can say on the other hand that Greek music wasn't the same. That's doesn't mean anything is based on anything. And again, untill today there's such a big difference between all these kinds of music that to say something is based on specific country that's ignorance. Familiarise yourself with all the genres and basic history first and than talk.

  • Euri Dulay
    Euri Dulay Year ago +3

    Super awesome! It's amazing how sometimes things like this are really ingrained in your memory without you even knowing it. Thanks for all the good stuff again, Paul.

  • The In-Tele-Gent
    The In-Tele-Gent Year ago +4

    This was such an awesome video, Paul! Absolutely love the break down, and the respect you show for Mr. Dale. The second some of the original recordings started play, I think we all knew the demonitization sharks were circling, so it makes you going ahead with it all the sweeter. Thanks again.

  • Mark S
    Mark S Year ago +5

    Such an excellent analysis of a masterfully written song. Thank you so much for sharing Dick's genius and passion with us through your own passion, makes it a double treat.

  • Zecrid
    Zecrid 4 months ago +1

    I was at one of his last concerts before he passed away, while his age definitely affected him as it would anyone at 81. He could still play Misirlou perfectly, absolute legend.

  • Patrick Patrick
    Patrick Patrick Year ago +6

    I don’t understand how people could click dislike on a video like this which is just phenomenally done

  • Shaun Clarke
    Shaun Clarke Year ago +274

    I absolutely love how musicians can be so enthusiastic about one riff and how you can tell it changed them and excites them.. awesome to see so much passion

    • Someone on Youtube
      Someone on Youtube 10 months ago +1

      Well that's all what's left to excite them to break down and the sound. Everything else is boring since it's mastered.

  • Carlos Smith
    Carlos Smith Year ago +5

    Congratulations, Paul Davids, this is one of the very best videos I have seen explaining the music and the songwriter/performer. Thank you and please continue the excellent work!

  • Stephen Alexander
    Stephen Alexander 9 months ago +4

    Thank you. This set me off to playing Miserlou after Miserlou, going back as far as 1927, for about 3 days. When I obsess on a song that's how it goes.
    Your explanation and demonstrations were great. Again, thank you.

  • ExaltedDuck
    ExaltedDuck Year ago +1

    I've always loved this song and that riff is undeniably epic and iconic. But I never realized just how much depth and nuance it has. Thanks for a whole new level of admiration.

  • Andreja Vuckovic
    Andreja Vuckovic Year ago +3

    Beautiful old Oriental Mediterranean melody, great lesson and amazing dissection as always Paul! There is a piano version of this melody from 1947. "Misirlou" by Jan August an American pianist.

  • Jim Hood
    Jim Hood Year ago +1

    Beautifully done. I always knew there was more to this riff than meets the ear at first (or even five hundredth) listen. I think I now appreciate it even more. Nice job. And thank you to Dick Dale of course.

  • RC32
    RC32 Year ago +338

    The late Dick Dale was truly ahead of his time. I love this tune!

    • SanSung
      SanSung Year ago

      @videogame OST both versions are sick af

    • videogame OST
      videogame OST Year ago +1

      @Andreas At Sea - Music Journeys a versão original é um lixo ... Dick Dale reinventou a música

    • luap ekcol
      luap ekcol Year ago +2

      Definitely one of the most unsung guitar heroes. He was a badass. Some distortion, humbuckers, and palm muting and it’s heavy metal 🤣 🤘

  • Malcolm O
    Malcolm O Year ago +2

    One of my all time favorites and you made me realize that I never really dug deeper on Dick Dale's background - I had no idea about his middle eastern roots, but it all makes so much sense. Thank you!

  • Mirza Alif
    Mirza Alif Year ago +1

    Feeling so lucky to find this video. You made things a lot simple. Really want the full Tutorial of this riff.

  • HistoricalPlayground

    I saw him play this not long before he passed. He was so great.
    One thing i would add...The way he had the strings reversed really allowed him to dig in on the high e string part. It also seemed to effect the low e string part. I know it is the same notes, but i think the reversed position of the strings allowed him to emphasize a little differently. Such a fun guy to watch playing the strings upside down. Mesmerizing.

  • Riffs & Rhythm
    Riffs & Rhythm 10 months ago +1

    Great Video Paul! Love seeing how the layers get built up and the epic solo at the end was magic :)

  • NewfieMan98
    NewfieMan98 5 months ago +1

    YOU TALK ABOUT THE RHYTHMIC PATTERNS!!! I'VE BEEN POINTING THIS OUT TO LITERALLY EVERYBODY!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE YOU RIGHT NOW! So many people do a "breakdown" of this riff and lessons and everything, but they miss that subtle rhythm! I felt like I was going crazy cause nobody else was actually pointing it out.

  • Shane Voorhis
    Shane Voorhis Year ago +1492

    "Maybe you can clap along..."
    Now, is my time to shine

    • Iceews
      Iceews 9 months ago +3

      I messed up the clapping ... imma need a tabs sheet. Damn.

    • Braedon Morrissey
      Braedon Morrissey Year ago +2

      i picked up my guitar to learn this

    • Elderly Imagination
      Elderly Imagination Year ago +1

      I'm a working professional clapper so I clapped with only 1 hand. I used my other hand for snapping ¼ notes. I'm still just an aspiring amateur snapper. Someday.... 😏
      The lights in my house kept turning off and on because I own "The Clapper" but it sounded amazing!

    • Sven Morgenstern
      Sven Morgenstern Year ago +2

      You heard it here first; Paul's giving the entire Internet...the clap?!? 🙄😳😖

    • Crow Eater
      Crow Eater Year ago +1

      I have no rythmn.

  • Will
    Will Year ago +1

    One of the crazy things about the original is the little delays between notes at full alternate picking speed.
    Yours sounded great, but a lot smoother - the original having those fractionally delayed notes made it sound more staccato in some areas.

  • Cool i Nol
    Cool i Nol Month ago +1

    You are a truly great teacher! Just love the combination of music theory, practical playing techniques, sound and music history. Brilliant!

  • Alexzander Roberts

    Such an iconic style that it has made its mark in the music history for generations.

  • Paul Stanley
    Paul Stanley Year ago +4

    This is literally one of the greatest videos I have ever seen on Clip-Share. Absolutely blew my mind. As a beginner I definatley want you as my teacher, courses her I come!

    SKULL KRUSHER 7 months ago +1

    Double harmonic major has always been my favorite scale. It's such a rich and intriguing sound.

  • Jayson McCullough
    Jayson McCullough Year ago +306

    Got to see him play on his 70th birthday. He played for 3.5 hours straight and blew the roof off the place. Still the best show I've ever seen... R.I.P. Legend 🙏

  • erodyo
    erodyo Year ago +1

    Misirlou has inspired me in my guitar playing since I started as a teenager. My band mates get annoyed at how often I bust out this riff during practice. 😂 Great to see a video about it, even learned a few things!

  • Roman Durant
    Roman Durant 6 months ago +2

    Your playing, production and overall quality is stunning as usual Paul

  • PsychedelicChameleon
    PsychedelicChameleon 11 months ago +2

    Thank You Peter Davids! It's worth mentioning that Dick Dale was adamant that he would always make at least some small changes to every song, every single time that he played them. He claimed to have never played any song exactly the same way twice. Bonus: Mr. Dale also played the trumpet on his iconic recordings.

  • DeFi Si
    DeFi Si Year ago +1

    One of the best songs of all time! A very nice breakdown, thank you, Paul. You're a legend!

  • Shredward
    Shredward 11 months ago

    Excellent job explaining the correct way to play this. I’ve been to countless metal shows over the last 25 years but hands down Dick Dale was THE loudest live show I’ve ever witnessed. R.I.P. to an absolute legend and the main reason I picked up guitar in the first place.

  • Nimbus Guitar
    Nimbus Guitar Year ago +160

    Thank you for inspiring many guitarists, including me, Paul!

  • tubedogsurf
    tubedogsurf 3 months ago +1

    What a great break down of this iconic version of this song. I’ve been playing it wrong this whole time as well. You have a great ear. I subscribed

  • Sfingle
    Sfingle Year ago +3

    Thanks for going into the beautiful ornaments of the riff. I recently got into oud and maqam music, and it is both interesting and beautiful musical tradition. Very fun to explore, being from the west and mostly naïve to it

  • Musitronic Studio
    Musitronic Studio Year ago +1

    Excellent format ! I'd love to see more analysis of riffs like that :)

  • Vεgα
    Vεgα 6 months ago

    I really like the way how you explain all those songs, and your voice gives me chills lmao. Love this channel.

  • Ernest Z
    Ernest Z 9 months ago

    Thank your for that deconstruction! One of my favorite tunes, but you brought up to the surface the nuances and subtleties that are so essential to the entirety! Nicely done!

  • Arthur Durham
    Arthur Durham Year ago +1084

    *Me before I found this channel:* "I'm a good guitarist!"
    *Me after finding this channel:* "So apparently I don't know how to play guitar"

    • Ray Stewart
      Ray Stewart 4 months ago

      Yea me too...yikes

    • Joe Boss
      Joe Boss 8 months ago +1

      Once my kids have grown up I’ve every intention of finally revisiting the theory side. Wish I’d paid more attention during GCSE Music

    • sshear4563 fdz
      sshear4563 fdz 9 months ago +2

      The extra layers that true professional caliber guitarists add, whether that's through gear, picking and rhythm, knowledge of music theory, etc is truly astonishing

    • Bob Dobbs
      Bob Dobbs 10 months ago +1

      LOL I quit after watching, I realized I didn't make any progress after years.

    • Erick
      Erick Year ago +1

      I realized that after 12 years playing 😂

  • FatLad2Ironclad
    FatLad2Ironclad 15 days ago

    I love your love for the art...
    ...and your high-end capability and stratospheric desire to bring it to us, the cave-dwelling cloven-hoofed strummers!
    Many, many thanks!

  • Prog4Ever
    Prog4Ever Year ago

    Wonderfully informative and funny; guitar lessons do not get any better than this.

  • Robert Gardner
    Robert Gardner 19 days ago

    I couldn't rep a single chord of this but I'm smiling through the whole thing... outstanding!!!

  • Bruce Ferguson
    Bruce Ferguson 9 months ago

    For all the recognition he did get, Dick Dale never got as much as he deserved. People tended to write him off a “Surf Guitar Only”, but there were few who could match his true skill and innovation. One of the greats. Thank you for this. I am not a guitar player, but to heare this analysis of this great piece was fascinating. 👍👍

  • Nitori ShogiPlayer

    Your rendition in this video was awesome! Really enjoy listening to it. I always thought I heard him accentuate beats 1, and of 2, and 4 though.

  • Qece
    Qece Year ago +111

    To say that this riff is iconic is to undersell it massively. It's so thematic, so ridiculously cool and will always bring a smile to my face every time I hear it. Having it broken down and explained to me just makes me admire it more.

  • Jonathon O
    Jonathon O Year ago

    Also I love having this in my bag now. Along with the money for nothing intro somehow your break down and pointing out the tough spots and the spots we all miss make it easier to learn.

  • Jack Mahkimetas
    Jack Mahkimetas Year ago

    Great video Paul. This stuff needs to be preserved and carried on for future generations.

  • godly
    godly 3 months ago +3

    hearing these scales and notes sound very common where i live, i live in the heart of Iraq and i'm impressed Dick Dale decided to give it a somewhat middle eastern vibe! reminds me of ancient Iraq somehow, i dig it.

  • Boo-Lee Productions Inc

    Great job, I appreciate the effort you put in to be accurate, and to cover the history, including the critical importance of the song's cadence. I was already aware of the information covered, but I still enjoyed the video enough to watch it all the way through, like, and subscribe.

  • Mohd Atiqueuzzaman Khan

    Really cool Paul, awesome as always.
    Can we have a full Misirlou cover now, please?

  • Jim Turner
    Jim Turner Year ago +382

    As a composer of advertising music in the 90's , post Pulp Fiction where it was heavily featured, this track was the bane of my life. Every ad exec wanted that twangy vibe on their ads (I'm not really a guitarist). Finding anyone who could play a similar riff at that speed was nigh on impossible. You did a great job...it's a lot harder than it looks!

    • stolenlaptop
      stolenlaptop 10 months ago

      You didn't look very hard.

    • DMSProduktions
      DMSProduktions Year ago

      @Sausage Fingers LOL! Way to big note!

    • Sausage Fingers
      Sausage Fingers Year ago +1

      Any thrash metal guitarist worth their salt can play Misirlou no problem. 172 BPM is leisurely. We're usually up around 200. Best part: you can pay them in beer and weed.

    • Fuzzdog
      Fuzzdog Year ago +2

      Ha, as someone who was a fairly busy session guitarist in the 90's I remember this well - I don't think I'd ever been asked to do surf guitar before Pulp Fiction, then suddenly it was every other gig for radio or advertising. I'd never really paid much attention to the genre before that, bought a ton of old albums to educate myself on the vibe and ended up getting quite into it!

    • DMSProduktions
      DMSProduktions Year ago

      @Jake White Thanks!

  • Bruce Morton
    Bruce Morton 10 months ago

    That album from Dick Dale was one of the first records I ever purchased. It was good to learn of your appreciation of it.

  • Randy Stewart
    Randy Stewart Year ago

    What an awesome video. What I wouldn't give to be able to play that song like that. Sadly, I know I will never be able to have the patience or dedication to learn and play it, or guitar in general, especially at my age. All the info you mentioned about Dick is exactly how I've heard about it over the years. Regarding the actual song, I first heard it at the beginning of Pulp Fiction, which did a lot to bring Dick and surf music back into the spotlight.. I was hooked on surf music right then and there, and I didn't even know what it was, even though I had heard the occasional surf song since the 60's. I went on to buy everything I could from Dick, and many others as well, and got to see him live at least a half a dozen times over the years. He was always incredible, even at his advancing age. It's sad he finally passed away, but I will always have all the music and all the memories. Thanks for an awesome video!

  • Kekuahiwi
    Kekuahiwi Year ago +1

    what a great breakdown, loved it. In 1980, I joined a belly dance troupe in Stockton California and Misirlou was one of our dances. That's when I learned it was a Middle Eastern song and not just a West Coast California thing.

  • Doc Will
    Doc Will Year ago

    Was amazed some 20-years ago in SLO. His sound was so heavy, LOUD; not the retro 'surf music' we were expecting. Long ponytail, awesome stage-presence....

  • Ervin Poljak
    Ervin Poljak Year ago

    Greets and thanks mate, i’m a total noob on the el. guitar, managed to pull the “money for nothing” riff in a couple of days according to your presentation in an astonishing way… thank you for your energy that is inspiring!

  • daniel Goad
    daniel Goad Year ago +48

    The effort in this video and your others should not be understated. Thank you for the value of content you are putting out.

  • Jay Art
    Jay Art 10 months ago

    This was a cool dissection. Thanks for making videos like this to teach and celebrate the language of music!

  • Ajay Negi Guitar
    Ajay Negi Guitar Year ago +2

    Hey @PaulDavids
    I would like to share with you that The Double Harmonic Major that you are talking about in this video is a Raaga in Indian Classical Music which is called Raag Bhairav.
    Its a morning raag and a very powerful one.
    I enjoyed watching your video mate.

  • Sukhraj Bhangoo
    Sukhraj Bhangoo 8 months ago +1

    Paul you are so talented and amazing. I love watching your videos. thank you so much for your videos. so informative, and entertaining. you are a great story teller. and your skills on the guitar are impeccable.

  • Roger C
    Roger C Year ago

    Thanks for the excellent insight into this iconic guitar solo! Great information and details! Cheers!

  • dr sawfish
    dr sawfish Year ago

    dude,i havent played guitar for 20 years and only just picked it up again,out of all the tutorials,yours are the best.thanks

  • random275
    random275 Year ago +447

    Well analysed Paul - there were things in there which I hadn't noticed. Enjoyed your explanation.

  • Don Adams
    Don Adams 10 months ago +1

    Absolutely awesome. Epic riff, fantastic lesson.

  • Alex Diáloga
    Alex Diáloga 9 months ago

    Great analysis Paul! I always enjoy very much your videos. Cheers!

  • SavageGreywolf
    SavageGreywolf 9 months ago

    thanks for this breakdown! I've seen so many people play this and miss all the little stuff Dick Dale did to get that iconic Mediterranean/surf fusion sound.

  • Роман
    Роман 6 months ago

    Didn't expect that it would be so interesting and exciting! Thanks, you are amazing teacher

  • Exsoundus
    Exsoundus Year ago +1

    Geweldig Paul, Hier zat ik op te wachten, eindelijk de correcte uitleg van Miserlou van mijn grote held Dick Dale!

  • Arfer
    Arfer Year ago +29

    I saw Dick Dale live in london, it was an awesome concert. He did crazy stuff like playing the bass players bass with drumsticks while the bass player fretted the notes, a great showman 👍

  • Oskar Kowlaczuk
    Oskar Kowlaczuk 9 months ago

    I will appreciate this riff and song even more now!

  • Sebastien Angers
    Sebastien Angers 10 months ago

    Wow! I know nothing about music theory but I happened to get on this video about one of my all-time favs rock tracks. Amazing how you explain it, and obviously how you make it sound. I even went on with the clap while sitting on the... well, while sitting. Lol Thank you for this terrific time!

  • Martin Coton
    Martin Coton Year ago +3

    Thank you, you just helped me appreciate this piece of music just all over again.

  • Nick G
    Nick G Year ago +2

    Its well known here in Greece and the original has lyrics .Roubanis is credited as being the composer and even he didnt write it as he just nicked the copyright as everyone else forgot to!.Oud is like greek Louto (lute in english)Amazing song.

  • Spike Jordan
    Spike Jordan Year ago +1

    Your "aha!" chuckles after each new piece that you break down shows how much you love playing that particular piece and just playing guitar in general. I find that to be genuinely wholesome. Thank you!

  • mbrownie22
    mbrownie22 Year ago +75

    You and Beato are masters at breaking down songs, great job with this iconic riff.

    • I Like Trains
      I Like Trains Year ago +2

      @Ryan Miller As soon as the word 'augmented' came out of Paul's mouth I instantly heard Pat's 'BEATO' in my head

    • Ryan Miller
      Ryan Miller Year ago +6

      Pat Finnerty is the best.

  • Onuma
    Onuma Year ago +4

    Yes. One of the greatest guitar songs ever. Absolutely legendary.

  • nalk20
    nalk20 Year ago

    Great lesson.
    Other amazing solos you might want to have a look at? It is not that well known, but in the Crash test dummies song I think I'll disappear now which is on the album God Shuffled His Feet the guitar player manages to compress the entire lyrics of the song into just two single notes of the solo. It is beyond amazing.
    Eric Clapton and a whole slew of other guitarists have through history at one point or another of their careers strugled with the idea, that if you play with enough feeling and emotion you can compress an entire song or concert into just one note. CTD comes as close as I have ever heard anyone come with that solo. 😊

  • Miguel Neto
    Miguel Neto Year ago

    dude you're amazing.. Great narrative, awesome playing and sound. i had a really great time! keep up

  • Jon Sweet
    Jon Sweet Year ago

    Loved the rhythm details, eg those couple hammer-on/pull-offs - I’ve been playing this riff for 25 years and never teased out those nuances. Got to see him play several times and even hang out with him back stage for a half hour. To this day, his is the only concert I’ve experienced where my ears were still ringing on the 2nd day after the show.

  • KBCdelirium
    KBCdelirium Year ago

    Amazing as always! I am a big fan and i dont even play Guitar.... that's how good your videos are! Really appreciate your work!

  • H1GHL4ND3R
    H1GHL4ND3R Year ago +118

    This is one of the first songs i "taught" myself to show off with in high school after hearing it on Guitar Hero. Needless to say, I was playing it wrong the whole time. Great video.

    • aditya mohan
      aditya mohan Year ago +3

      It's one of the easiest to learn by skipping ornamentations. But easily one of the most impressive and impressionable songs

  • Archivo NFT
    Archivo NFT 10 months ago

    No one explains thing better than you, every time I watch one of your videos I need to pick up my guitar immediately. Thanks

  • Mehmet Oytun Soysal
    Mehmet Oytun Soysal 10 months ago

    Epic riff, epic demo. Best I've ever seen so far. Thank you!

  • James Cowell
    James Cowell Year ago +1

    Dick dales was a legend, his style will always be apart of my roots. I was fortunate enough to have him as a close friend to my dad, and he taught me true expression through music. Not only was he a talented guitar player, but his understanding of music translated beautifully to the piano. on my first guitar i have signed “to james, keep playing”- dick dale. The words have almost completely worn off, but the sentiment still holds.